What Car? says...
The Toyota C-HR occupies a slot in the Japanese firm's line-up that was unfilled for a surprisingly long time. It's similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai – the car that seems to get all the accolades for kicking off the family SUV craze.
Giving all the glory to the Qashqai is a bit unfair, actually, because the Toyota RAV4 got us interested in family SUVs more than a decade earlier, but over the years the RAV4 has grown into a quite large and expensive beast. In effect, the C-HR, which is now available only in hybrid form, fills the shoes handed down by the RAV4 as it evolved.
Its dramatic styling is more akin to the altogether smaller Nissan Juke, though, and those distinctive looks don't do wonders for practicality, as we'll come on to explain in detail later. But without giving too much away, there are plenty of other reasons you might decide to buy a Toyota C-HR, not least its impressive driving manners.
If you're a company car driver, perhaps the biggest draw is that, as a hybrid, it pumps out less CO2 than the vast majority of rivals, bringing surprisingly low monthly tax bills. Official fuel economy is better than that of many diesel competitors too, and you get lots of equipment and safety technology as standard, even on the cheaper trim levels.
Read on over the next few pages and we'll tell you how the Toyota C-HR squares up against its main family SUV rivals – including the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq – in all the important areas. We'll also explain which engines and trims make the most sense and suggest the options you might want to consider stumping up for.
If you do decide it's the car for you, don't forget that you could get a big discount without the hassle of haggling by checking out the best prices using the free What Car? New Car Buying service, where you'll find some excellent Toyota C-HR deals.
At a glance
A little pricey, but otherwise a fine family SUV
There are far better all-rounders in this class
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Stylish, practical and comfortable, too